Does Stage Presence Matter?

Stage presence. One of the most important things when it comes to battling. It’s how you portray yourself to your opponent and to the crowd. It gives you as the battler, a lot of confidence to work with but does it really matter? It definitely shows in a battle but does it really help you win? Does showing a lot of expression in your battle with movement really swing the vote in your favour?

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I do have to admit first, I don’t have much experience battling on stage so instead, I consulted a few people that I know a thing or two about battling on stage. In advance, I would like to thank the following people for their input and help in making this blog post.

  • 2016 Canadian Champ and YouTuber, HeAt
  • 2018 GBBB Champ,  2017 Australian Champ and YouTuber, Codfish
  • 2017 Beatbox Legends Champ and YouTuber, TylaDubya


First off, it’s important that we start with understanding what stage presence exactly is. After talking to all of the aforementioned guys and seeing their different views on what stage presence is, we can finally come to a conclusion and a definition.

Stage presence is a environment/atmosphere that you set for your audience and the battle. It displays a level of confidence and is shown through movement, crowd control and the connection made between your opponent, the audience and yourself which allows you to gain the attention of the audience/viewer.


I would first like to quote something that Codfish said which is;

I would argue that stage presence is the most important factor in getting the judges votes. Good stage presence will grant you undivided attention and respect from the crowd.

It’s the main attention grabber. It sets you up for the rest of the battle and gives you that extra edge. Having a strong stage presence will allow you to;

  1. Gain crowd control.
  2. Gain the respect of the viewer.
  3. Give you a sense of adrenaline to keep battling.

Codfish, in particular, said that he thrives off of the energy of the crowd. When you battle, you need to keep a connection between the crowd, the opponent and yourself because it builds up that tension and sways the momentum your way. Judges love to see that.

HeAt brought up the point of stage presence making your battle more immersive.

I would say. Being able to manipulate the stage in a way that makes your performance more immersive.

You can really set the tone of the battle through stage presence. There’s a reason where if you win the coin toss, you get to choose if you go first or second rather than only go first. If you choose to go first, you set the tone for your opponent and if you choose to go second, you can counter their tone with your own and make the performance even better. If you can truly feel something out of someone’s performance, then they have a strong stage presence and will most likely take the win.


Let’s take a look at a battle where one beatboxer shows a lot of stage presence. This is Alem vs NaPoM at the 4th Beatboxing World Championships. Take a listen to Alem’s rounds in particular and pay attention to where he faces during his rounds.

He ends up facing the crowd a lot and also faces NaPoM a few times. He’s maintaining that connection as stated earlier between the crowd, the opponent (NaPoM) and himself. This is also the main reason Alem won this battle in my opinion. He was able to keep that connection between all three parts compared to NaPoM who also maintained that connection but it wasn’t as strong as to what Alem did.

So that was the little “case study” but now it’s time to actually answer the question. Does stage presence really matter?

Yes. Stage presence is a HUGE factor – it is also one of the categories in judging.  If you get the audience excited with you, that can easily sway judges.

TylaDubya mentioned this to me. I didn’t really think of stage presence much as being any but a major category in judging. It’s not just a major category, it’s also a factor at play that affects the judges. Imagine the following situation; you’re judging a battle and your fellow judges are deadlocked 2-2 with you holding the final vote with no overtimes left to use. The discussion of stage presence gets brought up and your fellow judges start talking about it. Can stage presence be that one thing to swing the vote?


There is a VERY big reason why beatboxers sometimes go far with their stage presence, judges don’t score battles. They only score eliminations and they go with their gut for battles so if the judges feel that you did a better job in a battle, they will vote for you or swing the vote over. It’s something you have to control it to the point where you show that it’s a battle but not too much to the point where you’re being unsportsmanlike and rude.

Stage presence is a huge thing that beatboxers focus on. It’s not something that you can just learn overnight. It takes a lot of time to understand and develop as the only way you can do so is to battle on stage.

In short, stage presence does matter than what is first seen. It’s not beatboxers being rude, it’s them being competitive because, at the end of the day, we’re all a family. The Beatbox Family.

I would like to send a HUGE thanks to the three gentlemen who took the time to help me write this post. The questions I asked were not easy to answer and I thank you all for that. Links to their social media will be below. Other than that, thanks for reading
























Bigman’s Rise to Internet Fame

Looking back on 2017, there’s one name that stands out a lot, not only in the beatboxing community but in the general public. Going into 2018, he’s going to be a force at GBBB 2018 and a favourite to win. His name is Bigman. With an amazing ability to create routines that sound like actual songs that appeal to the public, how did he make this climb to fame? Let’s take a look back.

The 2017 Korea Beatbox Championship was the earliest video that I can find of him. It’s really impressive for the fact he was just bursting on to the scene as a nobody at that point but we knew he was going to be something special. The insane voice control and musicality that he possesses is insane and hard to replicate as well as being enjoyable to listen to. That’s a problem a lot of beatboxers can’t do to the general public. They can’t find the appeal but Bigman managed to as you’ll see later on. This was just the beginning of his rise to fame. One thing that I did notice was that his style in this battle was a lot different from his current style. He doesn’t use as much vocal bass but it’s still musical nonetheless.

His next battle would be By The JB Beatbox Battle. Still not where he got all of the fame from but this is where his current style really comes from. While he didn’t go far in the competition, he definitely left a mark for other competitors in the future. One of his signature routines was first showcased this elimination which is one of the best performances I’ve heard. It sounds like a song and that is what Bigman is capable of. Making his routines sound like actual songs.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t even know this was a video until I starting making this post. Anyways, you might recognize this routine from a later video. Not gonna spoil which one that is but it’s evident that Bigman likes to use a certain group of routines. That’s good as he knows what’s reliable but bad as it gets boring for the judges if he doesn’t innovate. Luckily for us and him, he’s innovated a lot since which is great. More for us and more for him.

Falling Love for KBTV. Remember the routine used in one of the previous videos? That would be this. This masterpiece of a routine is just beautiful to listen to. This would be the start of him going viral. There’s just one video that really kicked it off for the Korean guy and it’s this next one.

This wildcard is the single most viewed beatboxing video of the last year. It would be higher only if he didn’t accidentally delete the original but it’s the same video, just reuploaded. This is honestly the definition of a masterpiece. He combined a part of Falling Love into the wildcard as well as another routine that we’ll see later. There’s just something about this video that appeals to everyone. He’s so musical with his style but his style is so complex in musicality that it becomes technicality. That’s the beauty of musicality. Over time, it becomes technicality if it’s used in the right way and at the right time. He would end off placing top 8 after losing to Show-Go.

Die to Die marks Bigman’s only top 4 appearance as seen in this video. I couldn’t actually find his elimination round for some reason despite checking the playlist for the battles so this is what I chose. His top 4 round against Huckle. While he has demonstrated pause drops before, he really shows it in the second round especially. A really big accomplishment to make it that far.

Pepouni man. You should have featured this guy a lot earlier. You would have gotten a lot more views if you did. This one didn’t get as many views as the previous. In fact, it didn’t even come close to the previous but it was still great to listen to nonetheless. This is when he really got a lot of exposure to the beatboxing community. Swissbeatbox is really the hub for beatboxers to get their name out there in the community but he barely needed this as he already got his name out there through his wildcard. That wildcard attracted the attention of a famous celebrity with a famous show.

Ahh yes. Ellen Degeneres. How she found out about this guy, I have no idea. How Beat Rhino also got on the show, I also have no idea. There’s a lot of questions that I can’t answer to this video but that really doesn’t matter. Ellen’s humorous character makes for a great segment to watch nonetheless. And remember how I said his wildcard was the most viewed beatboxing video of last year? This makes a close second. Already we have 2 videos from Bigman that are 2 of the most viewed beatboxing videos of last year.

2 days in a row of Bigman? What universe do we live in? Who from the beatboxing gods has sent us 2 videos from this Korean master? Remember the wildcard that I said had another routine. This was it. I’m starting to catch a trend here that Bigman uses routines in his wildcards or eliminations before he uses them in a shoutout. This is probably to keep everything a surprise for the battles. He’s still innovating so people don’t know what to expect but it’s a good strategy nonetheless.

Roses are red

Violets are blue

There’s always an Asian

Better than you

Aside from that poem, you just combined 2 of Korea’s best beatboxers that burst on to the scene in similar ways (through a wildcard) and you combine it with the most viewed song on YouTube of all time and you get this. I don’t think these guys are a tag team because I haven’t seen them be together since as a team but boy they would be deadly. Hiss’ insane technicality plus is musicality combined with Bigman’s innovation and pure musicality and you get a fearsome Korean duo. And this is fifth in terms of views out of  all of the beatboxing videos uploaded last year which is just insane.

Has anyone noticed that all three of his named routines all have to do with love? Perfect that I was writing this on Valentine’s day but it’s being published the day after because it’s past midnight now but I’m going to keep pushing to get this post out. Bigman sort of went back to his old style with the more synthy style rather than full bass which is what we now hear him as. I can’t wait to see him at GBBB 2018 and I hope he does really well.

That pretty much wraps it up. This post took a long time to make from finding the videos to thinking about things to say for each of them so for the first time here on this page, please like this post. I haven’t asked for likes before but I think I can get a pass here. Let me know if I missed out any other significant videos and for who else I should do this sort of thing for.

With that being said, thank you very much for reading and have a wonderful day.

A Little Look at the Wildcards for GBBB 2018

If you thought last year’s wildcards were insane, this year’s has a whole new batch of insane. With 11 wildcards this year, there are sure to be upsets all throughout GBBB 2018. The wildcard winners for this year are:

  1. Show-Go
  2. Codfish
  3. Bigman
  4. D-Low
  5. Two.H
  6. H-Has
  7. Rythmind
  8. Chris Celiz
  9. Helium
  10. Piratheeban
  11. Ish

There are a lot of big names on this list, some are newcomers for their on the international scene and others are veterans making another appearance to hopefully take the title. Let’s run them down.


This wildcard is definitely the best out of them all, hands down. His biggest strength is how well he uses double voice so it sounds musical. It’s one of the harder sounds to make sound really good musically but Show-go makes it work and it’s beautiful.


Not enough people give shoutouts in their wildcards and Codfish found a wonderful to do it. Coming up with a new routine, Old Mate Firebender, combining it with his one of his best routines, Sail With Me, this is just one of the best ones I’ve heard. The shoutout is incorporated into the routine itself which is really smart. It’s really structured like a song where he has three verses and a beat that changes over the course of the song. This is definitely my favourite wildcard out of the bunch.


This guy is probably the most well-known beatboxer on this list because of his appearance on Ellen. Props to him for that. Coming up with a new routine, “I don’t love you,” I’m starting to sense a pattern here. Falling Love, Get Tired Of My Love, I Don’t Love You. I feel like an album is coming out based on the theme of love. Back to the point, THIS MAN IS A MUSICAL GENIUS. One of the reasons he’s so well-known is because musicality has taken over and if you don’t have musicality in your routines, you don’t make it in. He’s so musical to the point that it becomes technicality when you try to cover his routines. He also has a great singing voice to go along with it. He doesn’t appear to have that killer battle instinct which might hurt him but I would love to see him go all the way.


D-low’s routines are a work of art. He always brings something new to the table. This really musical wildcard is an example of that. This is unlike anything we’ve seen D-low do before. He’s starting to go more away from liprolls and technicality but makes up for it in other areas and his uniqueness. There’s that sort of perfect style that one looks for over time and he’s slowly reaching it and perfecting it. He has that killer instinct to want to win and I want to see that from him.


Two.H. GBBB finalist. Whenever Two.H comes out with a new routine or wildcard, he always brings something new to the table. His signature demon bass is something that I’d love to see more of. It’s so unique to him, it defines him and a lot of his routines and has potential to make the crowd go crazy. I want to see the Two.H from 3 years ago come back and go all the way.


This guy, in my opinion, is like Hiss 2.0. He has that mix of technicality and musicality that works so well. He uses less technicality than Hiss but the drop in this wildcard with the bird sound tells me that he has a lot of potential left. This sort of style works so well because it’s enjoyable to listen to even if it’s put together like a freestyle. I think he’s going to be a sleeper in this competition.


From the get-go of this wildcard, it has a really Reeps One sort of vibe with the different kinds of percussion he uses. This is soon seen to be changed as a cover of GDFR can be heard. It’s put in a really cool way though. There’s one massive flaw with this wildcard and that’s the lack of structure. The drop isn’t very noticeable because he doesn’t really build it. I do understand that Rythmind is more of a looper and a member of Berywam, one of the top beatboxing groups in the world, but this is something he really needs to develop in order to do well in the solos.


Out of all the wildcards submitted, this is probably the one that has received the most hate and I can see why. Even Chris himself said that he was surprised that he even got in. I think the hate really comes from the fact that the other wildcards were more technical and upbeat than this one. Whatever the reason is, Chris got in and he’s thankful for it. In terms of pure musicality, this one takes it as it’s not only a cover but also stays true to the song. By this, I mean that the cover still sounds like the song and not like a remix which can be heard from other beatboxers. Not much technicality can be heard and I don’t expect him to go far given his previous success at GBBB but I do expect his elimination round to be pretty entertaining.


Helium has gone further and further away from his roots that made him famous, the zipper. He’s still known for using the zipper in ways that no one would expect but he’s starting to use them less and less and this is actually a good thing. This allows Helium to focus on other areas. His routines are more musical and technical. I was really surprised to hear him use double voice but it seems like he keeps up with the trends. I don’t really find him using a lot of prepared routines because he seems to be more of a freestyler which works fine for his style but if he brings a few routines with him, he could go really far.


One of the cleaner beatboxers in the competition, Piratheeban covers everything this routine. I would compare him this routine to Ball-Zee because of how clean and technical he is. He’s also very musical with this routine. I don’t find much wrong with this routine aside from a slight problem in the structure where he doesn’t build the drop *enough* but it’s noticeable and he’s a champion so I think he can get it done.


Last time I heard from Ish was his wildcard for GNB earlier this year. He has improved a lot since then and it shows. He has more of that killer mentality where he wants to do well and try hard. I remember he lacked a lot of that confidence from last time and I love seeing that he’s finally got that confidence. He’s also built up the techniques and developed his style a lot more. Another good sleeper pick for GBBB and I’m really glad he got chosen as the people’s pick.

I do want to give a mention to other beatboxers that I thought could have made the list but didn’t. They include the following:

  • B-Art
  • Wing
  • Zekka
  • Elisii
  • FootboxG
  • Cosmin
  • MR MIC
  • Kevin O’Neal
  • Neolizer

I probably missed someone where there were so many stacked wildcards this year that I could understand the judges having difficulty choosing. Who do you think can make it all the way? Who do you think got left out? Leave your responses in the comments.

Other than that, thanks for reading.

Why KRNFX Won Against D-low

If you look in the comments of KRNFX vs. D-low at the World Beatbox Championships 2015, you would find a lot of comments that said that D-low should have won the battle. Some people even go as far as saying that D-low should have made it to the finals. While some people do make good arguments, it doesn’t help justify D-low’s case for winning the battle and I would like to blow this entire argument out of the water. This is why KRNFX won vs. D-low.

To start this off, we need to review the five things that make a routine good. This is very important for this argument. The five things are;

  1. Musicality
  2. Technicality
  3. Originality
  4. Flow
  5. Structure

Just running down the list, KRNFX wins in all of those categories except for maybe technicality and originality. KRNFX is a musicality beatboxer as seen in this battle. He has good flow. D-low also had really inconsistent flow this battle in both rounds. He’s pretty original but D-low is more of an innovator. Structure is just taken over by KRNFX. This is something I’m going to cover in the next part. Technicality is closer than a lot of people think as KRNFX is clean with his beats but D-low’s patterns are more complex. People just look at the complexity of his beats and assume that he’s better but there’s more to technicality then just being complex and fast. I’m might write about what technicality is in the future but it’s a combination of being clean, fast, and complex with your beats.

Now that we have those five things listed down, let’s take a look at some of the comments of the video and see what they had to say about D-low not winning. I have covered the names and profile pictures for respect of privacy.

comments 1

Well the battle is a lot closer than you think it is sir. Also, you have no argument for D-low so “obviously”, your argument is invalid.

comments 2

You’re saying D-low physically hurt KRNFX… Wrong kind of battle buddy. I wasn’t even sure of the definition of brutality until I searched it up. If you’re talking about brutality as to how badly he won the battle, SPOILER ALERT, he didn’t win.

comments 3

I got your back HeAt. Former Canadian Champ knows what he’s talking about. Turns out, his prediction would be right.

In case you’re thinking I’m cherry picking comments from longer than one year ago, take a look at this. comments 4

You’d be also mistaken like the first guy.

The problem with D-low’s rounds in this particular battle is the lack of structure. I went over structure a lot in my post on Why Jigsaw Is One Of The Best Beatboxing Routines. I cover a lot on structure of a routine in that post. One of the main things in a routine is the drop. It’s what people remember the most out of a routine. While it’s not a routine, it still applies to battles. The problem with D-low’s rounds is that there is no drop. There’s not even a build-up that can be heard. The build-up sets up the drop because it gets everyone hyped. D-low barely used any build-ups or drops in his rounds. You also have to avoid doing too many drops as it gets boring. The sounds you use to build up the drop are also important as you can’t switch very suddenly like going from BTKs to lip rolls. (Thank you to xFlawz for that one).

A bunch of cool beats does not beat out a planned out battle. The types of sounds you use are also not what determines your win. It’s everything combined and that’s why KRNFX won. It’s because he did everything as a whole better. he was more musical, more structured, had better flow, and was cleaner.

So the next time you think someone should have one a particular battle, think more deeply into the rounds as a whole. You might be finding yourself on the other person’s side.

Other than that, keep beatboxing and thanks for reading.

Tips for Hosting Beatboxing Events

I have been an event host on DUBCORD for about week now and I’ve run a few beatboxing events like open mics and 7 To Smokes in the past. Using this experience, I would like to share with you, my tips to hosting events and how I make them fun and efficient.



TIP 1:

Signups. Have a plan and a way to sign up for any event. I typically like to do it through Discord and people ping me for them to sign up but other unconventional methods such as Google Forms can be used as long as everyone sees it.



TIP 2:

Have a stopwatch. A stopwatch is almost mandatory for most events excluding open mics. A phone stopwatch works just as fine. As long as you have something that can show the time very precisely, you should be fine.



TIP 3:

Make the rules clear. Make sure you state the rules to people who don’t know them already. Nobody wants to see someone sitting out just because they didn’t know the rules so make sure everyone knows the rules so that none of the rules are broken and that more people can participate and be happy.



TIP 4:

Show some personality. Be supportive of who’s participating whether it’s a first-timer wanting to get a new experience or a seasoned veteran. Whatever the case is, make everyone feel happy. Encourage them to try even harder the next time you host.

TIP 5:

In order to bring more people to your events, don’t host daily but don’t host once a month. People will get tired from all the pings that you use and will hate you for that. That got me demoted in another server that wasn’t for beatboxing. Some person got really annoyed and got me demoted (I still hate him to this day). You really have to find a sweet spot on how often you host. Once every 2 weeks sounds reasonable but then again, there are some people who get annoyed from 2 pings in 1 day (referring to the kid who got me demoted).

TIP 6:

Alert people that you’re hosting. This is what pinging is for. You ping them so they see the notification and they want to join so they join. It’s that simple. This is also a good time for tip 7.

TIP 7:

Add your own twist to your events. One rule that I’ve always wanted to try out but never tried yet is the ability for the first place person out of eliminations to make the bracket instead of the traditional 1-8, 4-5, 3-6, 2-7. Let them know during tip 6 that you’re adding this twist and if a lot of people don’t want it, don’t use it. If any people ask if they can spectate, give them an answer. Don’t leave them hanging cause that’s not nice.



Those are all my tips for this post. The more experience I get, the more I will share with all of you. Other than that, thank you for reading and best of luck to all of you hosting.

Why Jigsaw is One of the Best Beatboxing Routines

In 2015, Gene Shinozaki secured his place in the Grand Beatbox Battle 2015 with his wildcard routine called Jigsaw. This not only secured his place in the tournament but he won the whole thing. It’s regarded as one of the best routines to date and many people who I show it to say it’s the best routine they have heard. But why is it so popular not only among beatboxers but also people who don’t beatbox?

Before I start the breakdown of this monster of a routine, we need to understand the structure of a routine.

The parts go in this very rough order:

Buildup: sets the mood for the routine

Verse: acts like a verse in a song where it’s a melody that people remember

Pre-drop: prepares audience for the drop incoming

Drop: an area of the routine that gets people on their feet with something such as a signature sound

Hook: another area similar to the drop but the part is changed up with things like better technicality or musicality

End-off: how the routine ends off

The first part is the buildup. Gene uses a synth sound combined with his humming to set the tone. This is really musical and sets the tone for a good music filled routine. People who are not into beatboxing like this more than something like lip rolls or inward bass because it’s more relatable and likeable for them than the sounds that beatboxers use.

The second part is the verse. Gene likes to use a lot of composer elements in his routines and he shows it off here with his insane musicality during the verse. He also likes to sing in his routines which are nothing new but the lyrics mean a lot and for non-beatboxers, this really catches on for them. The lyrics make a lot of sense. Gene is a jigsaw puzzle piece trying to fit into the puzzle or like a person trying to fit into the world.

The third part is the pre-drop. It’s the area before the drop and lets the audience know that the drop is coming. People like to use lyrics sometimes with some sort of drop joke such as, “drop it” or something like that but Gene, once again, does something different and uses a good buildup through his sounds and musicality. You start to see a trend with the amount of musicality that he uses in this routine which makes it enjoyable to listen to.

The fourth part is the drop, the most memorable part of any routine. Gene is referred to as “The Godfather of Clicks” and it’s easy to see why. This click drop is done of the best drops I have heard combined with the cough snares in between the clicks every third beat. This drop is compared to EDM songs such as Animals by Martin Garrix due to the clicks (Gene has done a cover of Animals as well). The drop is really well executed and sounds really good as well.

The fifth part is the hook. It ties back to the drop and this time, he adds a bunch of pops with the clicks. It sounds really technical. He has the musicality and the technicality to blow anyone away as long as they aren’t a hater of his or a hater of beatboxing. The technicality he adds showcases every part of a good routine but it needs to end well. That’s where the end-off comes in.

And we reach the end-off as the last part. The end-off is a tad bit rough but people don’t really notice it. The end-off touches back on the verse with the same humming he uses in the buildup without the synth. The end-off ties the whole routine together.

Gene does an exceptional job of showcasing all the elements of a good routine. He has structure, flow, musicality, technicality and originality. It’s no wonder why he won the whole tournament. With a great performance like this, who knows what the next great routine will be.

This has been my breakdown of Jigsaw by Gene Shinozaki. Other than that, thank you for reading.

My Predictions For The GNB 2017

With GNB 2017 Submissions already in, I wanted to try to and make predictions for the solo submissions on who might place on top and who is left at the bottom. I listened to the auditions from top to bottom from the playlist so there may a bit of bias. From top to bottom, these are my predictions from best to worst in my opinion. At the end, I will make a prediction on who I will win the whole thing.

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Ginger Beats


T Sweigs



K XzBeat







Jordan Nyce




DB Beats

Now it’s time for my prediction. I think that the winner of the solos for GNB 2017 is going to be Bass. He’s a young gun that has way farther to go. He lacks a lot of musicality but the technicality is all there. I believe he is the next Alem. You can hear parts of Alem’s beats in Bass’ beats and that’s why I think he will win GNB 2017.

My personal favourite beatboxer out of those listed is Beatspawn. He’s really unique in the sounds that he uses. He used the crab scratch in his audition which is surprising since it’s a sound way past its time. He lacks flow in some parts of his audition but his uniqueness makes up for it. I don’t think he’ll win but I think he’ll make a good run at GNB.

I only evaluated the auditions that were in that playlist which the link to is down below.

Link to playlist:

Once the brackets get made, I’ll make an updated post off of this one on who I think will win, top 4 for solos, winner for teams and winner for loop-station.

Other than that, thank you for reading.